Airport Express Update Allows Multi-Room Streaming

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Date: Monday, January 23rd, 2006, 07:00
Category: Software

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Lost in the hoopla of all the Macworld giddiness is a cool new feature available to users of Apple’s Airport Express.
Previously, you could only use the AirTunes feature to broadcast music to a single AirPort Express base station, but in the AirPort Express Firmware Update 6.3 Apple has quietly added the ability to stream iTunes to multiple AirPort Expresses simultaneously.
Can anyone tell me why there’s no mention of this on the AirPort Express Firmware Update 6.3 page? It’s a major freakin’ feature!
After upgrading your ‘Express to the 6.3 firmware there’s a new option for “Multiple Speakers” in the AirTunes drop-down list in the lower right edge of the iTunes window. When you select it you can then select the multiple speakers to stream to, including “Computer.” That’s right, in addition to multiple AirPorts you can also hear the music out of the computer’s speakers at the same time – another major feature! The new 6.3 firmware also syncs music on the computer and the remote speakers.
On caveat: the multiple speaker function uses UDP and you’ll need to allow it in the Mac OS X firewall (you do have it turned on, don’t you?):
System Preferences > Sharing > Firewall > Advance > Uncheck “Block UDP Traffic”
While it’s not the upgrade I hoped for in my Macworld predictions article nor is it as full-featured as Rogue Amoeba’s Airfoil 2.0 software (US$25) it’s a step in the right direction and it’s free!

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VMWare for Mac OS X

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Date: Monday, January 23rd, 2006, 01:17
Category: Software

vmware-logo.gifThe only PC emulators on the Mac (that I know of) are Microsoft Virtual PC (formerly Connectix Virtual PC), and iEmulator. But what about VMWare?
When I enquired about a Mac OS X version of VMware their sales department replied saying that they “do not provide information in advance of an official press release.”
If you’re interested in such a product I highly suggested that you write an email to sales@vmware.com encouraging them to write a version of VMWare for Mac OS X/Intel.

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Mac OS 10.4.4 Released

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Date: Wednesday, January 11th, 2006, 09:21
Category: Software

Mac-OS-10.4.4-Released.jpgApple released Mac OS 10.4.4 via software update (27.6MB) also available are iTunes 6.0.2 (18.9MB) and iPod Updater 2006-01-10 (27.6MB). I’d recommend waiting at least 72 hours before installing any software update.

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Google Earth for Mac Released

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Date: Wednesday, January 11th, 2006, 09:35
Category: Software

The announcement of Google Earth for Mac OS X got lost in the excitement of yesterday’s Macworld Expo keynote. If you’re interested, you can read about it on the official Google Blog and download it here.

Happy Travels
After you have installed Google Earth, you may want to explore some of the interesting data layers being published by other folks on the web. Anyone can publish content for Google Earth using our geographic markup language (KML). To view these, simply click the links below. They will appear in your “Places” list. To save them for future use, right-click on the feed you wish to save and select “Save to My Places.”

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AirFoil 2 Fills Gaps in AirTunes Software

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Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2006, 08:35
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Rogue Amoeba Software’s Airfoil 2.0 fills some major gaps left by Apple’s AirTunes software for broadcasting music to the Airport Express base station. The original Airfoil enabled any audio (not just iTunes) to be sent to the device. Airfoil 2 makes it possible to send audio to multiple AirPort Express units simultaneously and in sync.

Using Airfoil and multiple AirPort Express units, it’s possible to “wire” a house for audio, wirelessly, for a fraction of the cost of more expensive audio players. To add audio to a room, just plug in an AirPort Express (and speakers, of course), and Airfoil can send the audio there. Heck, not even iTunes can do that, but Airfoil will work with iTunes!
New Features In Airfoil 2:
* Support For Multiple AirPort Express Units
* Support for sending audio to password-protected units
* Audio Effects, including a 10 band equalizer, as well as volume and
balance controls
* Support for sending audio to password-protected units
* Send audio from new sources, including USB radios, Dashboard widgets,
and audio devices
* Send all audio playing on the system
* Support for sending audio to password-protected units
* Includes and supports Smart Crash Reporting
* Fully Applescriptable

Airfoil 2 is immediately available as a free demo from the Airfoil Web site. Version 2 is a free update for licensed users, new users can purchase Airfoil through the Rogue Amoeba store for US$25.

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Aluminum PowerBook 15-inch Battery Update

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Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2006, 00:44
Category: Software

Apple Software UpdateWaiting in your software update is the “Aluminum PowerBook 15-inch Battery Update.” Which according to Apple’s hyper-vague description “aids the 15-inch Aluminum PowerBook battery in performing at full capacity.” The software is 820kb and I’d recommend waiting at least 72 hours for the dust to settle before installing ANY software update from Apple. I mean, you didn’t need it yesterday, did you?
And what’s with the descriptions? C’mon Apple, these lame, super-secret we’re-not-going-to-tell-you-what-it-fixes software updates are starting to piss me right off. Tell me what it fixes already! Is this update going to permanently disable the other RAM slot in my PowerBook?
Are the lawyers at Apple really such tight asses? Maybe if Apple stopped suing their fans (*cough* RIAA *cough*) their fans would stop bringing class-action suits against them.

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Major Update to Daylite in the Wings

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Date: Thursday, January 5th, 2006, 09:30
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Daylite 3.0The PowerPage has confirmed that Marketcircle is prepping a major update to their Daylite business relationship management application for release on or around Macworld Expo next week. I’ve been using Daylite exclusively for one year and recommend it to anyone that needs to track people, projects, tasks and opportunities.
The new Daylite version looks to be a complete overhaul with several new features:
- Shared calendars
- Delegation
- Revised UI
- Built-in report writer
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PowerPick: ProSoft Data Rescue II

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Date: Wednesday, January 4th, 2006, 09:30
Category: Software

Prosoft Data Rescue III’ve done data recovery for years, mostly to help out friends when their PowerBook hard drives die and they don’t have a good backup. This weekend I got a frantic call from a friend whose digital camera’s memory card had given up the ghost.
They’d just had their first child on December 26 and a memory card containing pictures of the baby in his first moments on earth was giving a “card not found” error after being inserted in a couple of different PC card readers. Imagine the horror.
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Firefox, not Worth the Trouble?

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Date: Wednesday, January 4th, 2006, 07:12
Category: Software

Firefox-logo-150.jpgI should start out by saying that I used to be one of the biggest advocates of Firefox ever. It’s fast and has tons of extensions, plug-ins and themes.
But the more I use Firefox on a daily basis, the more I’m reminded of its shortcomings.
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Missing from the Treo: RSS Client

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Date: Tuesday, December 27th, 2005, 01:00
Category: Software

quick_news_3.gifLast week I posted a story about one of the most surprising software omissions from my new Verizon Treo 650 – an Instant Messaging (IM) client. There’s another huge omission in the default Treo 650 software install – an RSS newsreader.
The Treo is tailor made for a good newsreader, it’s a perfect way to keep in touch with all the Web sites that you read each day and you can do it while you’re in line, traveling or otherwise away from a computer. Like anything for the Palm OS there are literally dozens of RSS clients for the Palm OS available.
I’ve chosen QuickNews (US$14.95) for my Treo because it’s an excellent RSS newsreader that works well. QuickNews allows you to set up your feeds individually or import them from an OPML file, which was easy to export from my desktop RSS client NetNewsWire.
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